The first post for this blog appeared on July 14, 2014. (I was going to make that "I started writing this blog" on that date, but I didn't -- some of the ideas began in October 2013 and some in February 2014; the oldest was probably the statue I saw in 1983 and wrote about here in August.) In observance of this, my 50th post, I have been thinking about a question that every writer faces to some degree: "Where do you get your ideas?"
In all honesty, I don't mind the question. I like looking at this little collection and remembering how each of the ideas turned up -- even the original Sustaining Book post, which began when I had the flu during the polar vortex.
From the thought of a street sign in my neighborhood with a Word Worth Defending to whole books, from curious expressions to inspiring TV programs, all sorts of things have made me think "I could write about that!"
Here's what might not be a secret: I picked out the "beat" of words, languages and writing partly because I knew there were lots of ideas in it... unless I took up thinking in numbers, which won't happen. (The other reason I picked it out was, of course, that I love it.)
But that still leaves the question of where I get my ideas. That's basically everywhere, so I'd rather call it "How do I get my ideas?"
I pick them out as they swim or float by. Oh, look -- an idea! Grab it now!
I write something down. That sentence even felt funny to type -- funny ha-ha, as the saying goes. Of course I write something down. I always do. Sorting them out is the real work, finding the valuable bits in the long trails of blue ink and cutting them down, changing them into pixels and getting them out to you.
But the ideas stay with me. I suppose there are some in my notebooks now that are maturing, getting ready for their exposure like the little bits I wrote about that statue back in 1983.
Thanks for being out there, near or far, to find out how all of the little bits of the past have become these 50 posted, full-grown pieces.
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